Swivel joint
Swivel Swiv"el, n. [AS. sw[=i]fan to move quickly, to remove; akin to Icel. sveifla to whirl, shake, sv[=i]fa to ramble, to turn. See {Swoop}, and cf. {Swift} a reel, {Swift}, a.] 1. (Mech.) A piece, as a ring or hook, attached to another piece by a pin, in such a manner as to permit rotation about the pin as an axis. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A small piece of ordnance, turning on a point or swivel; -- called also {swivel gun}. --Wilhelm. [1913 Webster]

{Swivel bridge}, a kind of drawbridge that turns round on a vertical axis; a swing bridge.

{Swivel hook}, a hook connected with the iron strap of a pulley block by a swivel joint, for readily taking the turns out of a tackle.

{Swivel joint}, a joint, the two pieces composing which turn round, with respect to each other, on a longitudinal pin or axis, as in a chain, to prevent twisting. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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